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Democrats seek to extend jobless benefits by month

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats controlling the Senate are seeking to give unemployed people jobless benefits through Memorial Day instead of risking another cutoff in just three weeks.

Montana Democrat Max Baucus says the additional time would give negotiators a chance to iron out more complicated legislation to extend jobless benefits through the end of the year and revive expired tax breaks. A pending bill would set a May 5 deadline.

An extended jobless benefits program lapsed last week, which is easing people who would otherwise be able to reapply for benefits off the rolls. Several other programs have also lapsed, including federal flood insurance, higher Medicare payment rates for doctors and generous health insurance subsidies for people who have lost their jobs.

 

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